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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

The effect of age on the electrophysiological and autonomic correlates of sudden death after acute myocardial infarction.

To examine the influence of age on the autonomic and electrophysiological correlates of sudden death after myocardial infarction, 223 patients aged less than 60 and 195 patients aged greater than or equal to 60 were followed up for a mena of 790 days. The patients had Holter monitoring and a signal-averaged ECG 5-11 days after infarction. A mean ventricular ectopic beat frequency greater than 10 beats/hour (VE10) was present in 17.0% of young versus 28.2% of old patients (P less than 0.01); a low heart heart variability index in 17.9% of young but in 32.3% of old patients (P less than 0.001) and late potentials in 17.5% but 32% of young and old patients, respectively (P less than 0.01). There was no difference in the incidence of sudden death between young and old patients (3.6% vs 3.1%). However, sudden death accounted for 50%, compared with 24% of all deaths in the young and old groups, respectively (P less than 0.01). Sudden death was more closely associated with low heart rate variability and VE10 in the young than in the older group. The predictive values of a heart rate variability index less than 20 units with VE10 in younger patients were a sensitivity of 50%, a positive predictive accuracy (PPA) of 33% and risk ratio (RR) of 18 (P less than 0.001); these values did not reach significance in older patients (16.7%, 4.3% and 1.4%, respectively.)(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)[1]


  1. The effect of age on the electrophysiological and autonomic correlates of sudden death after acute myocardial infarction. Odemuyiwa, O., Farrell, T., Malik, M., Bashir, Y., Poloniecki, J., Ward, D.E., Camm, A.J. Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE. (1991) [Pubmed]
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